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Cost of Living in Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 71.94
Rent Index: 30.40
Groceries Index: 75.06
Restaurants Index: 68.04
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 51.62
Local Purchasing Power: 131.23

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.00 $
9.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 42.00 $
35.00
60.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 6.00 $
6.00
7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.50 $
3.00
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.00 $
4.00
5.99
Cappuccino (regular) 3.72 $
3.00
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.53 $
1.00
1.99
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.17 $
1.00
1.50
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.77 $
0.69
0.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.29 $
1.99
3.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.18 $
2.20
4.41
Eggs (12) 2.17 $
1.99
2.50
Local Cheese (1kg) 7.80 $
5.00
11.57
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 5.84 $
4.92
6.59
Apples (1kg) 3.43 $
2.18
5.00
Oranges (1kg) 4.41 $
2.76
7.00
Tomato (1kg) 3.20 $
2.06
6.00
Potato (1kg) 2.46 $
2.20
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.21 $
1.00
1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.82 $
1.50
2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $
10.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.50 $
1.49
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.08 $
1.25
3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 $
6.00
9.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $
2.00
3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 64.00 $
50.00
64.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $
2.95
3.25
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.38 $
1.24
1.55
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.50 $
25.00
35.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.90 $
0.86
0.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $
16,900.00
23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 168.13 $
127.50
228.73
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $
0.12
0.12
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.38 $
40.00
65.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.83 $
29.99
40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.00 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.88 $
8.50
10.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.17 $
30.00
50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 21.33 $
19.00
25.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 67.00 $
60.00
80.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 70.00 $
40.00
100.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 845.00 $
700.00
1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 714.38 $
600.00
850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,357.71 $
1,000.00
1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,128.22 $
900.00
1,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,829.86 $
1,614.59
2,045.14
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,453.13 $
1,291.67
1,614.59
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,902.82 $
2,500.00
3,270.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.28
3.62
5.00

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Last update: December, 2014

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7 Comments so far

#Reannon Prosser on Dec 19, 2014 :
Thinking about relocating to Phoenix. Lived there in mid 1980's and want to come back. Am coming from St. Louis, Mo. Is it really as bad as some ppl make it out to be? I remember the warmer weather and beautiful AZ desert skies and scenery. I remember that the ppl of AZ were friendly, neighbors got together, companies had gatherings with employees, etc. They still have jobs and affordable cost of living? Thank for any feedback you want to share.
#Anonymous on Oct 19, 2014 :
Phoenix is decent, but there are a few things to take note of:

- Lots of traffic accidents. Terrible, aggressive drivers. Some of the worst in the country.
- Crime seems worse than in past years.
- Professionals spend more per capita on "extravagances" like spa treatments than any other city, so there is an effete, living-beyond-your-means mentality there.
- The whole city is basically a giant strip mall surrounded by bland stucco, cookie-cutter developments.
- Not a lot of "culture". Only a small pocket in central Phoenix where hippies live. Downtown Tempe is nice to look at, but when you look closer, even it is lacking in terms of vibrancy. Mesa is old and kind of crummy. Tempe isn't as nice as it used to be.
- Very difficult to find a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc.
- Almost no grocery stores in central Tempe. I don't get it.
- Good to excellent restaurants all over.

In general, it's a fast-paced, workaholic city, with some decent outlying areas like Scottsdale, pretty good sports venues and sports fans. People there are also obsessed with hiking and running.

Rents are too high, I find. Small 1 bedroom is 800 minimum, plus utilities. Studios for 600 and up. Rooms for rent are high, it's hard to find something that includes all utilities for under 500-600, unless it's a total craphole.
#joanne on Sep 20, 2014 :
only on food stamps, how can I get a apt., ? no social security either, denied dissability
#brad on Aug 26, 2014 :
I'm possible transferring to Arizona what can I except
#Levi on Jun 18, 2014 :
Phil- how is $45 way off? Brush up on your reading skills, brah.
#Phil on Feb 19, 2014 :
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant can be as low at $7.00
Rent is waaaay off. Too Low. Closer to $850 in city center.
#Stephanie on Nov 01, 2013 :
Thinking about relocating to AZ.

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